January 18, 2008 - Abitare - What’s new?
January 18, 2008

What’s new?

What’s new?

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The new editor in chief Stefano Boeri and his revamped editorial staff are pleased to announce the birth of a new ABITARE magazine.

A magazine with a long tradition of dealing with architecture, design and the visual arts, ABITARE was founded and has been based in Milan since 1963 and has recently joined the RCS Media Group. Through the development of issues around dwelling, design and the visual arts, ABITARE is exploring different ways to approach and understand reality through a magazine, exploring fresh narratives and projects.

In this path, the new editorial idea aims to take readers to extraordinary places and guide them through images and stories. ABITARE stresses the links between architecture and literature, dedicating a selection of designs each month narrated by internationally known writers and novelists.

Moreover, the magazine will address contemporary cultural and aesthetical practices, looking for debates and controversies, and moving away from the tendency simply to report and review.

In order to create a deeper understanding of the projects presented in the magazine, the diagrams and drawing produced exclusively for ABITARE by the Italian young firm Salottobuono are conceived as a kind of a toolbox for our readers.

A special section titled Re:mind involves a broad net of international contacts who suggest tips and selections of what’s on and should be seen around the world, while the opening section Profiles will introduce a vast array of authors, who are creating important projects in various fields.

In order to keep our readers informed and in line with post-productive contemporary information making, ABITARE has created a brand new supplement, THE READER, which offers an unusual selection of architectural, design and visual arts articles from the international press, thus giving readers the chance to acquire a critical opinion on the state of these subjects today.

ABITARE has been completely redesigned by its new art director, the acclaimed graphic designer
Mario Piazza.

The new and revamped ABITARE magazine was launched with its September issue which includes a day at “Maison à Bordeaux”, the floating villa designed by Rem Koolhaas /OMA, guided by the cleaning lady who’s been working in those interiors for years. The debate on the African Pavilion at the 52 Biennale in Venice opened the new Polemics section, as the first instalment of the series THE OFFICE, where Maurizio Cattelan, Ali Subotnick and Massimiliano Gioni conduct monthly studio visits, in this case to George Condo’s apartment in New York, was launched.

In the October issue the German writer Ingo Niermann presented the Great Pyramid project in Germany. The Serpentine Pavilion by Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen was enriched by the poems and words by Linton Kwesi Johnson and Edouard Glissant. In the debate section we set up the positions about “Monuments” by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset with those by Didier Fiuza Faustino. Enzo Mari’s course continued and we visited the studio of Kaari Upson.

In the November issue, Hans Ulrich Obrist talked with Doris Lessing and we entered the studio of Tacita Dean in Berlin, Alessandro Mendini and Julia Lohmann debated about the use of dead animals in design and Gonzalo Gárces narrates of a strange love story in a chocolate museum in México. In the December/January issue we presented an unpublished text by Ian McEwan on photography, the intervention of Doris Salcedo at the Tate Modern in London and a visit to the philosophy department of New York University designed by Steven Holl.

We are proud to anticipate the contents of our next February issue, which includes an aluminum guitar played by Lou Reed, an interview with Ettore Sottsass on his underground zines, a visit to the house of Rirkrit Tiravanija in Thailand and a previously unpublished text of Aldo Rossi on exhibition design. We will spend one day in the house of Garcia Lorca in Granada, following the artists invited by Hans Ulrich Obrist to intervene in the space and discover the 100 chairs designed and produced in 100 days by Martino Gamper. Come with us!

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